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Children scoop gold at sports day

Date: 28/08/2008           Category: Childrens Care

British Olympians Rebecca Adlington and Chris Hoy inspired children at a summer play scheme to strive for gold at their version of the Beijing Games. Children attending the club at Bradfields School in Churchill Avenue, Chatham, concluded a fun-filled holiday by staging the Bradfields Olympics. The 15 young people, aged eight to 16, competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in energetic activities including beanbag throwing, hula hoop stamina challenge, obstacle courses, relay races and tunnel scrambling. The club’s version of the Bird’s Nest - the school hall - was adorned with colourful Chinese lanterns, flags and bunting that had been made by the children, who had also made the winners’ medals. Lesley Kedge, childcare professional development manager, who helped run the Medway Council scheme said: “It has been great fun. The children have really enjoyed themselves, both at our Olympic games and throughout the summer. “It has been a privilege to have been part of the children’s summer and most of the parents have told us they would like us to run more schemes like this next year and during the Easter holiday.” The sports day was the final event of a four-week summer play scheme that has taken place at the school, which looks after children who have special educational needs and disabilities. Other events have included cookery sessions, art and crafts, Mr Wand the magician, a teddy bears’ picnic and drumming workshop.